PC World's Editorial Review of F-Secure Blacklight Rootkit Eliminator
One of the more esoteric but dangerous pieces of malware that might
infect you is a rootkit. This software uses tricky techniques to shield
itself from many anti-spyware, anti-malware, and anti-virus programs. A
rootkit hides deep in your system, and allows someone to take complete
control of your PC without your knowledge. Rootkits typically are
spread online in a variety of ways, such as riding along on another
Some anti-virus tools, such as Avast, claim to detect and kill
rootkits. Many don't. But even if you are using an anti-virus tool that
claims to detect them, you can't be too safe. So you'd do well to
download, install, and use F-Secure Blacklight Rootkit Eliminator, a
freebie designed to do one thing, and one thing alone: detect and kill
The program looks inside your PC's folders, files, and hidden
processes, looking for signs that you've been infected with a rootkit.
It then tells you whether your system is rootkit-free, or possibly
infected. It lists every possible sign of infection. Double-click on
every one of them, and you'll be shown more information, such as a
description, the company that made it, the file location, and so on.
You can then use Blacklight Rootkit Eliminator to get rid of the
threat, by renaming the file and giving it a .ren extension so that it
can't do any further damage. However, before taking that step, it's a
good idea to search for the file name on Google and make sure that the
file truly is a rootkit, and not a legitimate file. If your PC
continues to function well after you've renamed the file, you can
eventually delete the renamed files.
Note that if you're not experienced, you might want to stay away from this program. Renaming and deleting files could possibly wreak havoc on a PC, so if you're not comfortable renaming, restoring, and deleting files--and troubleshooting PCs--you may be courting danger.
--Preston Gralla - http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,72632/description.html